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  • January 29, 2021 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm

On Friday, January 29, from 12-1:30 PM, Drs. Ramya Kumar and Rona Macdonald will present their doctoral dissertation research in the Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research’s latest online seminar. There will be a 1-hour presentation and moderated discussion, followed by a 30-minute informal chat with the presenters. The Zoom link to join the seminar will be emailed to participants on the morning of the presentation.

This session will be recorded.

Title: Women’s Talk: A Critical Bricolage

Abstract: Bricolage is both a methodology and a form of rigor in qualitative research, demanding examination of phenomena from diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives. In this presentation, we draw on notions of critical bricolage to explore the possibilities of working with counter-hegemonic forms of analyzing women’s talk. Ramya employs a Third World Marxist feminist methodology to interrogate neocolonial understandings of healthcare access and reform from the perspective of a group of women in Sri Lanka while Rona draws on critical discursive psychological approaches to connect Canadian women’s singleness accounts and deeply held sociocultural beliefs and values related to womanhood that continue to privilege marriage/coupledom and motherhood. After presenting the theoretical/methodological underpinnings of our research projects, we dialogue about issues and tensions relating to representation, language, the research process, and implications for our respective disciplines of (global) public health and occupational science & therapy.